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Prof. David Mitchell Publishes New Research on Contacts Between Peace Processes

May 2020

The sharing of experiences between personnel from different peace processes is now a common feature of peacemaking worldwide. Participants travel to another peace/conflict arena and take part in workshops with speakers who have similar roles in their process. Transitions reputed to be largely successful, like South Africa and Northern Ireland, are popular destinations for this work. However, there has been little research on the aims, methods, value and risks of these contacts, which are usually private and unpublicised. Dr. Mitchell’s articles, published in May 2020 in leading journals, are the first analyses of what he calls ‘comparative consultation’.

‘Comparative consultation: The theory and practice of ‘sharing lessons’ between peace processes’, published in Cooperation and Conflict, examines the comparative encounters as a unique peace methodology. ‘Learning from a peace process: theory, practice and the case of Northern Ireland’ appears in Government and Opposition. It investigates the popular but poorly understood notion of ‘learning’ from peace processes and how and what people can learn through these exchanges. For a copy of the articles email

Last updated 3 June 2020 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).